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Police investigate fire, stolen vehicle


August 31, 2011
The Crawford County Sheriff's Department are investigating a fire at English and a stolen vehicle at Marengo.

Dispatchers received a 911 call Sunday morning, Aug. 28, at 7:26 reporting that a mobile home in the 900 block of Walnut Drive in English had black smoke coming from the windows and the smoke detectors had been activated, according to a press release from the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

CCSD Lt. Debra Young arrived at the scene within minutes but didn't find anyone at the home nor any vehicles parked in the driveway. English Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Benham, however, reported that, while en route to the fire, he saw a white mustang that appeared to have crashed next to the woods near the mobile home.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a portion of the mobile home, but there was extensive heat, smoke and water damage to the structure.

The mobile home is owned by Crystal Faulkenburg Parks of English who arrived while the EVFD was extinguishing the fire.

Within a few hours of the fire, a white mustang was reported stolen from a Marengo address. A second call came from a separate address in Marengo to report that a white mustang had backed into the caller's vehicle and left without reporting the accident.

The Indiana Fire Marshal's Office and English firefighters returned to the scene of the fire Monday, Aug. 29, to investigate its cause and origin, which was determined to be incendiary in nature.

This investigation is ongoing, and persons with information are asked to contact Young at 338-2802. In addition, anonymous tips may be left at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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